Welcome to the edge of the cliff.

Oh these 2013 Yankees have teased us before gasped for air and flailed about and left us thinking they were goners only to illogically leap back into relevance. But the baseball schedule doesn’t last forever and the Yankees are running out of electricity to charge the defibrillators.

They suffered their fourth straight loss Tuesday night 2-0 to the Blue Jays and a dominant R.A. Dickey and you just can’t enter that sort of funk when you’re playing with such little room for error.

The Yankees (79-72) now trail the Rays and Rangers both 82-68 by 3 ¹/₂ games for the American League wild card spots and also have to overcome Cleveland (82-69) and Baltimore (80-70) and hold back Kansas City (79-72).

“We’re darn close” the unprofane Joe Girardi said when asked about his team being on the verge of elimination. Then the Yankees’ manager repeated it for emphasis: “We’re darn close.”

Close and airing their grievances as they approach the end. Andy Pettitte who pitched an excellent game in defeat said: “It’s frustrating. I feel like we’ve got a good club. I don’t think this should be as difficult as it’s been especially with some of the guys we’ve gotten back and put in the lineup. But it is. It’s a tough game a tough division.”

Alfonso Soriano went further saying: “We’ve got to work hard and play [Wednesday] with more energy try to do those little things we didn’t do [Tuesday].”

The veteran then posited the eyebrow-raising theory that it’s hard to come back after a day off late in the season particularly on the road — which sort of refuted the notion a day off would allow the Yankees to shake off their weekend sweep by the rival Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Maybe Pettitte and Soriano are right or maybe Pettitte is overrating the Yankees’ roster and Soriano is underrating Dickey who allowed four hits and walked two while striking out eight in seven innings.

Either way Soriano’s comments in particular might require some maintenance by Girardi when the club returns to work on Wednesday.

While Soriano is a popular teammate no one likes having his energy and/or effort challenged.

“I don’t know if it was that” Alex Rodriguez said when presented Soriano’s comments “or just Dickey having really good stuff.”

If guys aren’t feeling a sense of urgency Pettitte said before Soriano spoke “Some of these guys are playing the wrong sport.
Definitely they’re in the wrong organization.”